Fox News host Neil Cavuto issued a blistering rebuke of President Trump over his attacks against fellow anchor Chris Wallace, saying that the president isn’t entitled to praise from the network and that journalists are “obligated to question” him and his defenders, even if it means “inviting your wrath.”
Cavuto made the statements just a day after Trump blasted Wallace as “nasty” and “obnoxious” following an interview in which he repeatedly pressed House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) over the House’s impeachment inquiry into Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.
“[email protected] blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’s lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show. This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past,” Trump tweeted.
.@SteveScalise blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’s lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show. This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past. Great job Steve!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2019
“What makes something fake news?” Cavuto asked on Fox News. “I would assume if the news being reported is fake or wrong and the person presenting that news knows it is fake or wrong that is bad. But what if the news being reported is accurate?”
“My colleague Chris Wallace has discovered again the president doesn’t distinguish,” Cavuto added before noting that Wallace’s interview with Scalise caused an “apparently furious” Trump to lash out at the broadcaster.
Cavuto noted that Scalise has gained Trump’s support given his consistent defense of the president on matters related to impeachment.
“Let’s just say [Trump] doesn’t like Chris for challenging Scalise on that,” Cavuto said, pointing to the questioning the Republican congressman received on Sunday.
Cavuto concluded by arguing that the president isn’t entitled to glowing coverage from the network and that he isn’t the first chief executive to believe the media “has it out” for them.
“People will always see things through the prism of their own set of beliefs. I get that,” he said. “The best we can do as journalists is be fair to all, including you, Mr. President. That’s not fake doing that. What is fake is not doing that. What is fake is saying Fox never used to do that. Mr. President, we have always done that.”